It has been increasingly impossible to think about our changing world without coming across the term 'geopolitics'. In the wake of the invasion and occupation of Iraq by the United States, United Kingdom, and others, geopolitics has been offered as an explanation for the occupation's failure to reinvent the Iraqi state and as a blueprint for future action. But what is 'geopolitics'?

Drawing both on academic and political material, this book introduces readers to the concept of geopolitics, from the first usage of the term to its more recent reconceptualisations. The concept of geopolitics is introduced through four thematic sections - Imperial Geopolitics, Cold War Geopolitics, Geopolitics after the Cold War and Reconceptualising Geopolitics. Each section includes key writings from a range of diverse and leading authors such as Said, Agnew, Dalby, O Tuathail, Gregory, Barnett and Kaplan, and is accompanied by a critical introduction by the editors to guide the reader through the material. This Reader establishes the foundations of geopolitics while also introducing readers to the continuing significance of the concept in the 21st century.

This Reader provides an essential resource that exposes students to original writing. The Editors provide a pathway through the material with Section Introductions to assist the readers understanding of the context of the material and impacts of the writings. The readings included draw from a range of authors, writing from a range of locations. The Reader concludes with the latest changes in geopolitical thought, incorporating feminist and other perspectives.

chapter |9 pages

General Introduction

part 1|78 pages

Imperial Geopolitics

chapter |11 pages

Introduction to Part One

chapter 4|7 pages

Manly Endeavours

chapter 5|3 pages

What Geography Ought to Be

chapter 6|2 pages

Some Rules of Satyagraha

chapter 7|3 pages

Why Geopolitik?

chapter 9|6 pages

Geography versus Geopolitics

chapter 11|5 pages


chapter 12|9 pages

“America is Safe While its Boys and Girls Believe in its Creeds!”

Captain America and American Identity Prior to World War 2

part 2|77 pages

Cold War Geopolitics

chapter |12 pages

Introduction to Part Two

chapter 13|5 pages

The Sources of Soviet Conduct

chapter 14|1 pages

The Domino Theory Principle

chapter 15|5 pages


chapter 16|2 pages


chapter 17|3 pages

The Brezhnev Doctrine

chapter 18|3 pages

Non-alignment in the 1970s

chapter 19|7 pages

An Illustration of Geographical Warfare

Bombing the Dikes on the Red River, North Vietnam

chapter 20|9 pages

Geopolitics and Discourse

Practical Geopolitical Reasoning in American Foreign Policy

chapter 21|3 pages

Common Sense and the Common Danger

Policy Statement

chapter 22|6 pages

Publishing American Identity

Popular Geopolitics, Myth and the Reader's Digest

chapter 24|11 pages

Between Regions

Science, Militarism, and American Geography from World War to Cold War

chapter 25|2 pages

A Common European Home

part 3|104 pages

Geopolitics after the Cold War

chapter |11 pages

Introduction to Part Three

chapter 26|10 pages

The Clash of Civilizations?

chapter 27|4 pages

The Clash of Ignorance

chapter 28|8 pages

The Coming Anarchy

chapter 30|4 pages

The Pentagon's New Map

chapter 32|5 pages

Gravity's Rainbows

chapter 33|7 pages

Geopolitics by Another Name

Immigration and the Politics of Assimilation

chapter 34|7 pages

Emerging China and Critical Geopolitics

Between World Politics and Chinese Particularity

chapter 36|6 pages

Icy Geopolitics

chapter 38|12 pages

The New Geopolitics of Disease

Between Global Health and Global Security

part 4|85 pages

Reconceptualizing Geopolitics

chapter |11 pages

Introduction to Part Four

chapter 39|6 pages

In Defence of the Heartland

Sir Halford Mackinder and his Critics a Hundred Years On

chapter 40|5 pages

The Revenge of Geography

chapter 41|7 pages

A Feminist Geopolitics?

chapter 42|9 pages

Globalized Fear?

Towards an Emotional Geopolitics

chapter 45|8 pages

After Geopolitics?

From the Geopolitical Social to Geoeconomics

chapter 46|6 pages

Religion and Geopolitics

chapter 47|8 pages

Militarism, Realism, Just War, or Nonviolence?

Critical Geopolitics and the Problem of Normativity

chapter 48|5 pages

The Question of ‘the Political' in Critical Geopolitics

Querying the ‘Child Soldier' in the ‘War on Terror’

chapter 49|5 pages

Anthropocene Geopolitics

Globalisation, Empire, Environment and Critique